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9/17/2018

A high school in Oregon is offering an automotive course for the first time in at least 18 years. Teacher Greg Nicol says the automotive training will help students gain the skills they need to start careers in the industry.

9/17/2018

Some Texas high-school students are using their math, science and problem-solving skills as they build a two-seat, single-engine airplane. The project is part of the school's aviation academy and is expected to take students about two years to complete.

9/17/2018

The UK has launched the NovaSAR satellite, which can capture images in any weather conditions no matter the time of day. It also will surveil shipping patterns for illegal activity, look for oil spills, monitor forests and flooding, help with disaster response and evaluate crops.

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9/17/2018

Hispanic students in Connecticut who are taking Advanced Placement exams has increased by 79% from five years prior, according to The College Board. Participation gains among African-American students has increased much slower, and state data show most of the gains are concentrated in a few school districts.

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9/17/2018

Students at an Alabama high school are spending a portion of the school day working at area companies through a career preparation program that started last month. The Tiger Launch program includes partnerships with Sonoco, Bushe and Cerro Wire.

9/17/2018

Employees from the Montana State Fund, a workers' compensation insurance company, visited schools recently to distribute safety equipment -- including hard hats, welding hoods and safety glasses -- to support industrial technology courses. The effort is part of the company's Growing a Safer Montana program, which seeks to educate students about workplace safety.

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9/17/2018

Students at a Vermont high school are enrolled in a School for Tech program that allows them to gain hands-on experience working at GW Plastics. About 65 students have completed the 24-week program, which is intended to encourage students to pursue careers in advanced manufacturing.

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9/17/2018

Palm Beach County, Fla., should take steps to improve training and learning opportunities for high-school students, according to an analysis from the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. Kelly Smallridge, president and CEO of the Business Development Board, says area CEOs are reporting a lack of qualified workers.

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9/17/2018

The Texas Education Agency is considering eliminating high-school cosmetology programs, but some say the move could harm outcomes for students interested in the programs. Research by Shaun Dougherty, associate professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University, backs the idea that lower-income students enrolled in career and technical education programs are more likely to graduate.

9/17/2018

Nuclear pasta, a dense substance found within neutron stars, may be the universe's strongest material, according to findings accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters. Researchers used computer simulations to see how the nuclear pasta, so named because the structures resemble gnocchi, spaghetti and lasagna, would respond to intense pressures.

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